Mangahas sets MPBL assist record as Muntinlupa blasts Zamboanga at start of playoff series

Mangahas sets MPBL assist record as Muntinlupa blasts Zamboanga at start of playoff series

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—An explosive scorer since his college days at Mapua, Allan Mangahas only made a single point in Game 1 of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Playoffs between Muntinlupa and Zamboanga.

But it was his facilitating prowess that mattered a lot.

Mangahas set a new single-game record for assists, and the Cagers downed the Rapidos, 89-78, to go 1-0 up in their series at the Batangas City Sports Center on Tuesday night.

Mangahas dished out 17 dimes, two more than the previous record set by Ray-Ray Parks and Mikee Reyes at 15, as Muntinlupa gradually routed Zambonga.

After limiting the Rapidos to just 13 points in the first quarter, the Cagers began pulling away with a 26-point second quarter, and they eventually opened a lead as high as 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Ryusei Koga led Muntinlupa, which can finish Zamboanga off at home on Thursday night, with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, three rebounds, and two assists.

Robin Roño put up 22 points, eight rebounds, and three assists for the Rapidos.

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